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Featured Release This Week From Cass McCombs + Tracks Top 30 Playlist


California native Cass McCombs has been recording his own blend of folk-rocky alt country since 2002.  McCombs new album is Tip Of The Sphere, recorded quickly by McCombs and his core band in Brooklyn.  It's a compelling listen, with an immediacy that never seems to lag, despite a playing time of nearly an hour.  According to McCombs' label, ANTI- Records, the idea all along was to make a consistent statement.  The song "Sleeping Volcanoes" sits right in the middle of the record, and it's described as the thematic centerpiece of the album.  According to McCombs, the song is about "people passing each other on the sidewalk unaware of the emotional volatility they are brushing past, like a sleeping volcano that could erupt at any moment."   

Here are the Top 30 new album releases played on Studio One Tracks for the week ending March 10, 2019:

1    Girlpool- What Chaos Is Imaginary

2    Cass McCombs- Tip Of The Sphere

3    Julia Jacklin- Crushing

4    Better Oblivion Community Center- Better Oblivion Community Center

5    Telekinesis- Effluxion

6    Tedeschi Trucks Band- Signs

7     Panda Bear- Buoys

8    Deerhunter- Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

9    Mercury Rev- Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

10   Hayes Carll- What It Is

11   Beirut- Gallipoli

12   Mavis Staples- Live In London

13   Toro Y Moi- Outer Peace

14   The Claypool Lennon Delirium- South Of Reality

15   Sharon Van Etten- Remind me Tomorrow

16   Maggie Rogers- Heard It In A Past Life

17   Anemone- Beat My Distance

18   James Blake- Assume Form

19   Ladytron- Ladytron

20   Guided By Voices- Zeppelin Over China

21   Cherry Glazerr- Stuffed & Ready

22   The Cactus Blossoms- Easy Way

23   Jessica Pratt- Quiet Signs

24   Homeshake- Helium

25   Susto- Ever Since I Lost My Mind

26   Feels- Post Earth

27   Delicate Steve- Till I Burn Up

28   Deer Tick- Mayonnaise

29   Steve Gunn- The Unseen In Between

30   Big Wild- Superdream

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.